The more than 30-foot tall evergreen made its trek from Buttermilk Hill in the balmy 50 degree morning temperatures and was decorated in the sunny breeze of the afternoon in front of the courthouse - a stark contrast to last year's bone chilling weather.
This year's Christmas centerpiece was donated by Dixie McEntire. Getting the tree on location and into place were Klapec Trucking Company, Paul Bunyan Tree Specialists, Sunbelt Rental Equipment, ITC, Inc. and a large team of helpers.
It will be a festive look to downtown as the popular Light Up Night activities get underway.
There are a few early events planned for Friday, November 17. The Barrow-Civic Theatre will host Branson Country Christmas for a 2 p.m. show, which features an all-star cast of Branson's top entertainers with new music, new jokes and a tribute to veterans for the first half of the show.
The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine & Spirits Walk will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 17 in businesses throughout downtown. Tickets are still available and can be ordered by calling 814-432-5823.
The schedule for Light Up Night on Saturday, November 18, includes: